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Monday, May 20, 2019
Press photo by Mike FeifelMike Kuzio takes a throw at second while playing short this year. Press photo by Mike FeifelMike Kuzio takes a throw at second while playing short this year.

Kuzio, teammates hope to relive Biddy title days

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Mike Kuzio will always remember winning the Biddy Championship with the Northampton AA, as most of his current teammates were with him.

He also sees a parallel between the makeup of that team with his current one.

“We played pretty loose as kids then,” said Kuzio, who is a junior on the Konkrete Kids’ squad. “There are more than a few guys who are still with me now.

“We have kept that going in our high school careers. We’re playing like we have nothing to lose. We’re just taking one game at a time.”

Kuzio and his teammates met Emmaus in the East Penn Conference (EPC) semifinals Wednesday afternoon at DeSales University. If they won, they will play for the championship Thursday.

Kuzio quickly realized it was going to be a true team effort this season.

“We have each other’s back,” he said. “We definitely believe we can make some noise this year. We felt this way since the season started. We knew what we had to do, and there hasn’t been any arguing or fighting.

“We truly play as a team.’

Kuzio made the adjustment from third to shortstop this season, a move that wasn’t a major one. He has been playing short since his beginnings as a five-year-old. Before Wednesday’s game, Kuzio was hitting .378 with 12 RBIs and 15 runs.

“It has been going good for me,” he said. “There have been some ups and downs. I have been seeing the ball well, and I have trusted my hands. It’s about keeping your hands back, and trying to hit to the opposite field.

“I just feel more comfortable at the plate. Playing in the infield always has been a natural for me.”

Head coach Mick Sugra feels confident with Kuzio in the lineup and acknowledged being the recipient of the team’s Black Bat award, an honor given to the highest average in EPC games (.410).

“He (Kuzio) has been very instrumental for us,” he said. “He has been our number three hitter all year. He was a starter as a sophomore at third, and was our only returning starter in the infield.

“He is a model of consistency for us.”

Over the past three years, Kuzio has been playing for the school’s hockey team, a suggestion he adopted from JV head coach and head hockey coach Brian Ruff. He also likes to spend his spare time hunting and fishing.

“I always played street hockey, and I felt I would give it a try,” he said. “It has been a good experience and a lot of fun.

“When I am not doing either, I like hunting and fishing with my friends.”

Kuzio has been appreciative for the support from his coaches and teammates over the years.